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'Bachelor' Racism Lawsuit

Producers Encourage

White Power Mentality

4/18/2012 11:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The producers of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" are responsible for encouraging racism across the country by refusing to cast black people in the shows' central roles -- this according to a new class action lawsuit.

Christopher Johnson and Nathaniel Claybrooks filed the lawsuit today in Tennessee federal court against the shows' producers -- claiming they both auditioned for "The Bachelor" in Nashville in August 2011 ... but were brazenly denied based solely on the color of their skin.

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Christopher and Nathaniel claim producers were afraid to cast them for fear of alienating "the show's majority-white viewership."

As a result, the guys claim producers are teaching the public how to be racist -- by demonstrating preferences for white relationships over non-white and interracial relationships.

They might have a point too ... because the show has never once cast a person of color -- black, Asian, Latino, whatever -- in the central role as Bachelor or Bachelorette.

"Bachelor" creator Michael Fleiss has even acknowledged the problem -- stating long before the lawsuit was filed ... "We always want to cast for ethnic diversity. It's just that for whatever reason, they don't come forward. I wish they would."

Chris and Nathaniel are now demanding a change in "Bachelor" policy -- requiring producers to "consider persons of color as finalists for the role of the Bachelor and the Bachelorette."

Oh yeah, they also want money -- an unspecified amount of punitive damages.

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grod1960    

emily called herself a HOOD RAT tonight omg wikipediahood rat (plural hood rats)
(slang) Someone who has sex with everyone in the "hood" or neighbourhood; the term is linked to the culture of the American ghettos and to hip-hop culture. A hood rat is an often poor woman who engages in sexual activity like a prostitute, but without charge and without being coerced.Let's get a couple of hood rats over for the party tonight

799 days ago
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grod1960    

emily called herself a HOOD RAT tonight omg wikipediahood rat (plural hood rats)
(slang) Someone who has sex with everyone in the "hood" or neighbourhood; the term is linked to the culture of the American ghettos and to hip-hop culture. A hood rat is an often poor woman who engages in sexual activity like a prostitute, but without charge and without being coerced.Let's get a couple of hood rats over for the party tonight

799 days ago
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simi    

The reality of racism is usually reflected in the responses of white individuals to situations such as these.

The context of the pending suit is premature rejection based on the colour of the skin, not in black men forcing themselves on the show.

The fact that the US has a black president in itself does not erase racist mentalities or actions. It is the over simplification of such deep rooted issues that indicate the sad case of racism hidden in unfounded conclusions based on very few and complicated examples.

768 days ago
184.

P-NUTT    

This is a wake up call to all of the egotistical black male who walk aroun thinking that they're the bomb. Not so, brothas!!!!!!

750 days ago
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